Flight path to success

A pilot program is leading to qualified drone operators at Narrabri High School

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Narrabri High School Year 11 students at a drone training session on the school oval yesterday. Pictured are Kayla Baker, Will Lonergan, Zaine Saunders, instructor Manny Tishlakis, Tyrone Hensley, Callum Campbell and relieving principal Dinos Charalambous.

It’s often said that one of the biggest disadvantages to retaining young people in Narrabri Shire is that they have to leave to get further education and/or training.

And once they leave, it’s hard to get them to come back.

However, there are several initiatives looking to address this, including the Agcap program and

possible trades training and a Country University Centre.

Another program has been held quietly at Narrabri High School this year. It is, pun intended, part of a pilot which might see it rolled out even further, including for Wee Waa High School students, next year.

Five Year 11 students at Narrabri High School have been undertaking a Certificate III in Aviation, specifically for remote pilot aircraft systems, better known as drones.

The course is being conducted by Newcastle-based Uavair, with instructor Manny Tishlakis travelling up fortnightly.

Mr Tishlakis said there was a great demand for qualified drone pilots, especially locally.

“When they finish and obtain their certificate, they can go and work for anybody,” he said.